Countdown to the Idea House: Meet the Architect!

June 10, 2016 | By | Comments (2)

With only a few short weeks until the grand opening of the 2016 Idea House, we will be updating you weekly with behind-the-scenes sneak peeks and Q&As with the team.

Ingram Post

This week we chatted with Bill Ingram – architect and mastermind behind this year’s beautiful house.

SL: What was your inspiration when designing this house?

BI: The property provided inspiration for this house in that it is a corner lot sitting up high and close to the street with views across to a preserved natural area. Being on a corner I felt it needed to have two fronts and the wrap-around porch offered a way to address both streets and being elevated it is a natural spot to sit and view the surroundings. Plus what is more southern than a big porch?

Ingram Porch

SL: What feature in this house are you most excited about?

BI: I think the flowing plan based on a traditional center hall is most interesting. All the rooms connect across the wide hall, which is also duplicated on the second floor as well. The house is divided by this hall into two zones, the left being the living room which acts as an ante-room to the master bedroom and the right with a dining room which flows into the kitchen and family room. This arrangement also allows the living and dining rooms to be more active rooms by facing and connecting with the front porch.

ingram room

SL: What should Southern Living readers and visitors look forward to when viewing the house for the first time? 

BI: I think the viewers will feel at once familiar with the house and intrigued with the distinctive use of the rooms. The time honored symmetrical plan is somewhat reinvented by having rooms that you will actually use and rooms that flow from one another. The familiarity also comes in the fact that we have a distinctive and separated dining room and living room, but ones that are engaged with the day to day activities of the house and not stale. A family room is off the kitchen which offers a place for activities related to cooking, eating, watching television and coming and going from the garage. Three bedrooms and a sitting room upstairs also have a connection across the same wide hall, but are entered through their own individual vestibules to provide quiet privacy too. I would say too that people will immediately recognize the perfect scale of the house. The rooms are ample, but not too big and have a definite old school feel with the 11′ ceilings, tall windows & doors and perfectly proportioned moldings.

All photos courtesy of Bill Ingram. 


  1. Jenny Morris


    July 14, 2016 at 9:05 am
  2. Shawn

    When does the Idea House open? Will you be open everyday? What will be your hours? How far is it from Downtown Birmingham?

    June 10, 2016 at 2:51 pm

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